About This Episode
Mele Murals is a documentary about the transformative power of art through the unlikely union of graffiti and ancient Hawaiian culture. At the center of the story are renowned street artists Estria Miyashiro (aka Estria) and John Hina (aka Prime), a group of Native Hawaiian youth, and the rural community of Waimea. Together they create a mural that addresses the ill effects of environmental changes and encroaching modernization on their native culture.
Through their stories, Mele Murals shows how public art and Native Hawaiian traditions transforms the students and community and, unexpectedly, the two artists as they rediscover their own identities and responsibilities as Hawaiian artists.